How to Run a Successful Birth Center

Essential Tips for Starting and Operating Any Birth Center Practice

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Birth centers are certainly not new, but over the past decade, they have skyrocketed in popularity. A lot of people are fed up with hospital births where the options are limited and the stay is headache-inducing. With more parents seeking out birth centers, there seems to be more demand than supply. Opening a birth center is a ton of hard work, but the right midwife will be able to create an atmosphere that transforms birth into a magical experience.

If you’ve ever thought about opening a birth center, we’ve built this comprehensive course just for you. It contains over 30 hours of rich information that will tell you all you need to know about the business. We’ll start out by asking whether or not starting a birth center is right for you. Next, we’ll help you draft a business plan, teach you how to build your team, and discuss a realistic timeline. You’ll learn all the technical aspects such as regulations, accreditations, and federal rules. We’ll discuss numbers of rooms and helpful layouts before digging into the business side. In this section, we’ll talk all about branding, staffing, contracts, and billing. You’ll learn how you can take your birth center and make it into a cornerstone of the community. Lastly, we’ll talk about exit strategies.

This online course was built to give you a thorough understanding of the entire business. By the end, you’ll feel secure in your mission and have all the tools you need to set out. The course is taught by Leslie Cornwell, an experienced certified nurse midwife who has spent over 16 years building up the knowledge you need to know. Not only will Leslie be with you every step of the way, but you’ll also be added to our fantastic Facebook group where you’ll get to talk to people who are currently living your dream. Our goal is to take your ambitions and turn them into action!

At Empowering Midwifery Education, we’re here to ensure you’re constantly learning and growing! Once you buy this course, you’ll have lifetime access and can revisit as needed. You’ll have access to any future course updates free of charge. The class is virtual and gives you the ability to learn at your own pace so you can fit it around your busy schedule. You’ll also be able to ask questions throughout and get answers from our expert instructors. We can’t wait to help you unlock your potential by equipping you with knowledge!

Here’s what people are saying about this course:

“The continued access to materials as well as the option to hire Leslie as a one-on-one consultant will be valuable to many midwives who find themselves overwhelmed by the enormity of starting their own practice/birth center.”

“This course was very helpful, thank you!”



Your Instructor


Leslie Cornwell, CNM
Leslie Cornwell, CNM

Becoming a midwife has been a lifelong dream. I didn't realize that this wonderful profession would lead me down the path of business. I have found over the years that midwives need to understand business, accounting, financing, marketing, negotiating, and so much more to be successful in today's health care system. I love supporting women. By being able to participate in leadership roles and create amazing private practices, I can support midwives just as much as the pregnant women they care for! I am passionate about women's empowerment and women business ownership. We can serve families best with independent successful midwifery practices.

I have had over 16 years’ experience in health care. I have worked in hospitals, birth centers, and home settings. I have worked for large non-profit hospitals, small community hospitals, privately run birth centers, hospital owned birth centers, own home birth / birth center practice, and locum assignments. Being able to understand the business and financial side of midwifery has really shown me how much easier a midwife practice can be profitable and successful in today's health care ever changing climate.

Let me help you start your own practice or improve the current midwifery business you are struggling with. I have years of billing, accounting, contracting, business plan writing, and midwifery clinical expertise to make your midwifery practice thrive no matter what stage it is in! Whether you want a small home birth practice, large birth center practice, or booming hospital midwifery practice, I can provide guidance, support, and resources to make your midwifery practice dreams a reality!


Course Curriculum


  Back to Basics when Considering Starting a Birth Center
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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